Renzi vows to re­vamp Ital­ian party, make it more hum­ble

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

ROME: Re­cently drubbed by vot­ers, Ital­ian ex-Premier Mat­teo Renzi says his Demo­cratic Party must be more united, hum­ble and in synch with cit­i­zens as he eyes elec­tions ex­pected in 2017.

Renzi re­signed af­ter vot­ers re­jected a re­forms ref­er­en­dum on Dec. 4. As leader of the Democrats, Par­lia­ment’s largest party, Renzi gave del­e­gates a pep talk in Rome on Sun­day. He says Democrats’ “ef­fi­ciency out­stripped our em­pa­thy” to­ward cit­i­zens. The No. 2 party in Par­lia­ment is the op­po­si­tion, pop­ulist 5-Star Move­ment. Founder Beppe Grillo is scram­bling to do dam­age con­trol as scan­dals en­gulf some top aides to Rome’s 5-Star mayor, Vir­ginia Raggi. A 5-Star leader, Alessan­dro Di Bat­tista, says some­times “hon­esty and in­gen­u­ous­ness go hand-in-in.”

The scan­dals are em­bar­rass­ing as the party aims for na­tional power for the first time in elec­tions.

—AP

ROME: For­mer Ital­ian Premier Mat­teo Renzi de­liv­ers his speech at the Demo­cratic Party’s na­tional assem­bly yes­ter­day.

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